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Is geography or History more beneficial?

I'm going to pick my GCSEs close to the end of the year, but we were advised to think about our options as early as year 7. I constantly jumped around the History and Geography subjects because I wasn't so sure which ones I'd prefer. History is more interesting but I heard Geography is more repetitive but harder to answer 12> mark questions on. Which subject should I pick?
Doesn't matter, just choose what you enjoy.
Original post by aissirk
I'm going to pick my GCSEs close to the end of the year, but we were advised to think about our options as early as year 7. I constantly jumped around the History and Geography subjects because I wasn't so sure which ones I'd prefer. History is more interesting but I heard Geography is more repetitive but harder to answer 12> mark questions on. Which subject should I pick?

It's definitely up to you! Just wanted to bust some myths about Geog though, as a Geog student. I think it was easier than history tbh, as much as I don't want you to think it's easy, it's more of a common sense subject than you think e.g. Impacts of a natural disaster could be economic (so talk about destruction of buildings, closing roads, people no longer able to go to work), social (death, injury, mental health) and environmental (stuff like air or water pollution, destruction of habitats, extinction of species). With well developed points, I could see this being easily a 9 mark answer (it's 12 marks as 3 are SPAG, so as long as you write with capital letters and full stops, I'd reccomend pargarphs too, you're doing pretty well). Dont do it for the field trips though haha (you'd be sutprised how many do) I didn't get any due to the pandemic. I will say that Geog requires a stronger understanding of maths and basic science than history, and you need to be relatively comfortable thinking on your feet for paper 3, but there are ways to prepare :smile:
Ultimately, think about what you'd like to do for the future, and if you don't know, going with what you like and what feels "right" (as cheesy as it sounds) mostly won't lead you wrong. Best of luck with whatever you choose xx
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Original post by aissirk
I'm going to pick my GCSEs close to the end of the year, but we were advised to think about our options as early as year 7. I constantly jumped around the History and Geography subjects because I wasn't so sure which ones I'd prefer. History is more interesting but I heard Geography is more repetitive but harder to answer 12> mark questions on. Which subject should I pick?


Hi there, Geography underpins some concepts you will study in science, for example the topic of greenhouse gases and the environment that you will cover in Geography, will also be present in chemistry, Topic 9 if you are to do AQA, so I personally picked Geography because of this. However Geography does contain a lot of theory, with topics like Rocks and Rivers, which wasn't the most fun - (however you should go on trip to do some fieldwork).
Human geography for me was super interesting as well, and a lot of it is related to politics which I found interesting (of course though arguably so is history). Geography is essentially about the study of the present and the future, (the prospect of which I found more exciting than with History) whereas History of course is about studying the past. I wasn't a massive fan of writing really long essays hence I didn't do History. Geography does have long answer questions, but these are more straight forward to answer if you understand the basic structure of forming such questions. With regards to your point of Geography being repetitive, it is a nice subject to revise for because like I said before it is quite straight forward and if you complete practice papers you should expect the similar style of questions to appear and even the exact same questions sometimes. If you're stuck between the two I believe you can pick both (of course only if you think that you could manage), I know this was an option at my school.
To summarise, they both have their differences but you should pick whichever one you think that you enjoy the most and know that you will be best at. Hope that helps!
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Hi, thank you so much, we were asked to submit an early plan for GCSEs so we have a vague idea. These definitely helped. Geography seems like it roots into some other subjects which would be helpful and these insights really helped. Thank you
Original post by aissirk
I'm going to pick my GCSEs close to the end of the year, but we were advised to think about our options as early as year 7. I constantly jumped around the History and Geography subjects because I wasn't so sure which ones I'd prefer. History is more interesting but I heard Geography is more repetitive but harder to answer 12> mark questions on. Which subject should I pick?

Heya!
It's up to you, what do you enjoy more? :h: What are you thinking of doing in the future after GCSEs, a-level wise? I personally did history GCSE as I found it interesting at the time and found it very hard. People who did geography in my school really enjoyed it though! You could look ahead at what is covered in each subject and see what interests you more.

I hope this helps and good luck with the subject you choose to do!
Milena G.
UCL PFE
Study Mind
In my school, nearly everyone does geography because it is meant to be easier which just means the history class is very small and specialised which I love. Can you do both? History has slightly more writing as well as fact memorising but honestly it is all up to you! You should also slightly think about the teachers and class because there is nothing worse than a teacher you hate teaching you a subject you love. I hope this helps!
Original post by aissirk
I'm going to pick my GCSEs close to the end of the year, but we were advised to think about our options as early as year 7. I constantly jumped around the History and Geography subjects because I wasn't so sure which ones I'd prefer. History is more interesting but I heard Geography is more repetitive but harder to answer 12> mark questions on. Which subject should I pick?

I took history and loved it so much! There is a lot of memorisation, but I found revision really easy, as I enjoyed the subject.

I was also deciding between geography and history, but I spoke to both subject teachers about the GCSE course, and how well they'll think I'll do on it. It's also good to look at your past record on the subjects, see which ones you perform best on, and which one you prefer revising. It's also important to choose what you like, and what you think will most help you in your future (though this isn't as important at GCSE, unless you want to take an A-level in one of them). My science teacher recommended I took geography, as he said it would help in biology/chemistry, but I did just fine without geography!

As for the difficulty of answering questions, they may seem hard, but you answer enough questions that it becomes easy to you, so I wouldn't stress about that too much. Is there an option to do both? If I could go back in time, I would definitely pick both history and geography.

Good luck!

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